2023 Election Headline Lagos News

INEC trains ad hoc staff, others ahead of general elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC will train one point four ad hoc staff for the 2023 general election, Alhaji Sa ad Umar Idris, the Director General of the Electoral Institute has said.

The institute is the training arm of INEC.

He stated this in Lagos during the workshop for INEC Press Corps on the Commission’s processes, innovations and preparations for the 2023 elections.

“We will train about 17,685 Supervising Presiding Officers; Presiding Officers/Assistants Presiding Officers (176,846×4) 707,384; about 11,083 Collation Officers; about 12,991 Registration Area Technical Officers; about 20,000 security officers; and 6,009 Registration Area Centres Managers”, Dr. Idris said.

He explained that the ad hoc staff would be trained on global best practices to ensure that the general election was free, fair and credible.

Funding for elections

Presenting a paper on managing registered Political parties in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges, the Director, Election Party Monitoring in INEC, Alhaji Aminu Idris said measures are in place to ensure that political parties adhere to campaign funding policy as enshrined in the Electoral Act.

”Auditors and financial secretaries of political parties have been trained on how to track election expenses”, he stated.

He noted that the account of the parties would be audited based on the monies spent on billboards, rallies, coverage in both print and electronic media.

Stakeholders involvement

The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi urged members of the press corps to always cross check their facts before publishing their stories to avoid acts capable of causing problems in the society.

Mr Oyekanmi also said that INEC would continue to build the capacity of journalists as one of the major stakeholders in the electoral processes.

The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye said the commission would conduct credible election that would be acceptable to all, next year.

Mr. Okoye called on Nigerians especially the political parties to support the Commission by playing according to the rules for free, fair and credible election to be achieved.

The two day workshop was organized by INEC with the support of the European Union and DAI.

Reporting by Ogochukwu Okoronkwo; editing by Annabel Nwachukwu